The Last Letter Home

Well I don’t have a lot to say about this week, but I do have a few things to say about my mission. I have changed a lot in these last 15 months. I have learned a lot and been able to serve in a lot of positions that helped me learn to be a better leader. Most importantly, I learned to love the gospel and love the Lord. I can say that I know now without a doubt that this gospel is true and that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. There is nothing that can tear me away from that knowledge. I love being a missionary. I have been able to focus on others instead of myself and even though a mission isn’t easy at all, I have never been so happy. I love this gospel. I love being a missionary. I love our Savior. I know who I am and where I want to go in life.

Love you lots! See you of Thursday!!!

Love,

Elder Black

Finishing Strong

Dear Family,

It sounds like everything went well with the Thanksgiving holliday. We didn’t really do anything for Thanksgiving here. Elder Kaufusi and I just went out and got some apple pie. It wasn’t very good pie, but at least it was something to celebrate. This week blew by. It is hard to believe that I am starting my last full week in the mission. I am working hard and trying my best to focus on the mission. I have been reading the scriptures in most of my free time. It has really helped a lot and my mind is still really strong on the mission. I am loving it here and am sad that the time is coming to an end. I am super focused on finishing strong. I am making sure that I am always acting in a way that I can be in tune with the spirit. This week was great. We worked hard and found some positive new investigators. I love it out here! I hope you have a great week! Love you!

Love,

Elder Black

Working Hard in the Final Weeks

Dear Family,

I am really enjoying the last few weeks of my mission! I really like it out here and am working hard to make sure I finish my mission strong. Our ward is doing a pretty good job at trying to help us out. They are good people. It is a big change from the very well developed ward of Campestre to this, but I love it here. There are some really good members. We hold zone conferences once every month and other than that, there are weekly district meetings. I am glad that Tanya had a good birthday! That is going to be really fun to get to spend Thanksgiving down in Blanding. We will have to make a pecan pie again when I get home since I am going to be missing out. Well missionary work went pretty well this week. I worked hard and gave it my all. I am pretty tired, but I feel like that is a good thing. I want to finish strong giving it all I’ve got for these last couple weeks. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Love you!

Loving Just Being a Missionary

Dear Family,

This week was a great week! We had stake conference and had an Area Seventy (Elder Duarte) here. It was a super powerful meeting. President Adams talked as well. He gave a great talk about missionary work. I got to talk to him for a few minutes before the meeting started. He is an awesome mission president and I have a ton of respect for him. I have learned a ton from him. It sounds like you guys have had a pretty good week. A pretty busy week as well. That is fun that all the family got together.

Our investigators are doing well. We have a few that were about to get baptized, but due to family problems, won’t be now. It was sad, but we are working to find others that are willing to progress. We are finding a lot of really good people right now. My comp and I get along extremely well and have a great time together and other people are seeing that. I think they are seeing the happiness that we have from the gospel and it is making them ask more about it. I am loving missionary work right now. It is super fun being a missionary and being able to visit so many people and share the gospel with them. I love being a missionary. I hope you all have a great week! Love you!

Love,

Elder Black

An Awesome Companion

Dear Family,

This week was a great one! It went by super fast. I am really enjoying the last few weeks of my mission and it is making time go by even faster. My companion is fluent in Tongan, so he speaks it sometimes. It is probably the coolest companionship I have had during my mission right now. We have pretty much the exact same interests and even a lot of the things we like to eat are the same. We have the same way of thinking and it makes things really easy for us with always being on the same page. I have been working super hard, and it has been a blast. I love being out here and I am doing everything that I can to finish my mission strong.

Well this week was full of hard work and the spirit. I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for the pictures. It looks like everyone is enjoying life! Love you!

Love,

Elder Black